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Optimizing Blight Strategies

Optimizing Blight Strategies

New Orleanians are rightfully concerned about blighted properties. Although blight has declined substantially since 2008 thanks to billions of federal housing dollars, New Orleans still has 43,755 blighted homes or empty lots. This 2010 report includes a review of economic and housing trends that are effecting blight, a broad set of principles to help guide various efforts to eliminate blight in New Orleans, and an analysis of neighborhood housing markets. Finally, this report provides recommendations … Read entire article »

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Blight Reduction Strategy

Blight Reduction Strategy

An analysis by Justin Kray As a City Planner and former lead architect of the BlightStat program while working at OPA, I am in a unique position to offer some deeper insight on this story. There are many interconnected issues at work here, but the central question is how effectively the City executed upon the blight strategy, and the danger of using “Stat” meetings to create positive spin in the public sphere. This seems especially important … Read entire article »

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

courtesy the Urban Conservancy What’s Wrong with This Picture?  A Public Forum on Yard Paving Excessive paving in the required front and corner lot side yard areas, as well as public green spaces between sidewalk and street, is a growing concern in New Orleans. It can negatively impact property values, public safety and area drainage systems. The Urban Conservancy invites you to learn more about why excessive paving is occurring, what you can do about it, and … Read entire article »

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CITY AUCTION PRODUCES MIXED RESULTS

CITY AUCTION PRODUCES MIXED RESULTS

$368,000 for 200 North Alexander to bidder #5. A well-known Faubourg St. John resident who lives on the bayou and a man from Chicago were rumored to be the back-n-forth bidders. $280,000 for the Laurel Street Firehouse by bidder #21. No bids were received for the other 4 properties in today’s City auction. Buy this May 17th (TODAY) 2552 St. Philip article courtesy City Business Six city properties will be sold at auction next week, with officials looking to … Read entire article »

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BlightStat Revisited

BlightStat Revisited

by Charlie London I took a new job about six months ago that no longer allows me to attend the BlightStat meetings on a regular basis as I once did. It was great to see the movers-and-shakers again today that keep fighting blight in our city. The folks pictured above are the unsung heroes that, like you, are passionate about moving New Orleans forward. The Code Enforcement Department continues to lead the pack with over … Read entire article »

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Construction Celebration

Construction Celebration

http://fsjna.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Esplanade+Bike+Path+Study1a.pdf click on the announcement for a larger view Tuesday | March 5th Meet under the big dome on the bayou –> Holy Rosary cafeteria at 3368 Moss Street in beautiful Faubourg St. John *** Barriere Construction Company will begin the Esplanade repaving project on March 6th. One lane of traffic will remain open on each side of Esplanade during the project. Dean Burridge sent in this report on January 12, 2013: The $5M project has been coordinated with the Sewer & … Read entire article »

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Relentless Bandit

Relentless Bandit

Have you seen those Discount Tree Cutting signs? Those plywood signs that are 4 feet by 4 feet in size posted about 15-20 feet high on utility poles throughout the city? These signs have been diligently removed by citizens but this sign bandit continues to post them throughout the city despite warnings from officials. Many of the signs get put right back up where they were taken down. It is against the … Read entire article »

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Be a Blight Czar

Be a Blight Czar

You can be the “Blight Czar” for your neighborhood right at your computer. Go to http://blightstatus.nola.gov and enter the name of any street in your area to see what’s been done about that blighted house down the block. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Maybe it wasn’t reported yet. Click here –> http://blightstatus.nola.gov/pages/help and here –> http://fsjna.org/links/steps-to-stomp-out-blight/ to find out what to do. DON’T BE “THAT GUY” Lots of folks say they don’t have time. Someone else will … Read entire article »

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